The official unboxing!!
We have two new additions to announce here at the Rochester Makerspace!
A very generous person who prefers to remain anonymous has donated a new 3D printer (shown above). The Lulzbot Mini, a high end device for the “do-is-yourself” market has fewer bugs and complications than other older types of printers. This one is expected to work more quickly and easily and with a higher level of precision. It will not only allow our makers to produce better projects, but will also allow us to print better parts for our older 3D printers, which will allow them to run more smoothly and with better precision as well!
In addition to our new 3D printer, the Fairport Public Library has donated several new work stations which have been installed in our main work room. They have allowed us to create more space for more makers to be working on their projects at the same time.
We want to acknowledge our wonderful donors whose generousity helps us to keep on growing and making! Thank you!
The Rochester Makerspace has lots of new events coming up this month. Don’t miss out on all the fun!
On Tuesday, November 17th. Model Railroad Meetup will be meeting from 6:30-8:30 PM.
This Meetup is coordinated in conjunction with the Genesee-N-Ontario Model N-Gineers.
The group will be working on N scale trains as they prepare to exhibit at upcoming shows around the area. This event is free and open to the public.
On November, 21 The Second Annual Rochester Mini Maker Faire will be held at the Rochester Riverside Conventon Center from 9 AM – 5 PM. IT is being held in conjunction with the Rochester Makerspace and many other local crafts people and organizations. This event is for anyone, young, old, or somewhere in between who likes to invent, craft, hack, build, play or think! There will be hands-on activities, crafts, exhibits and concessions available. Advance tickets are available for $7.50 at Eventbrite.com. Tickets are$12 at the door. Advance Family Passes (2 adults and up to 3 kids) are $30 online or $45 at the door.
On Saturday November 28th and Saturday December 5th, a very special two-day class on how to knit socks will be held at the Rochester Makerspace from 1 – 2:30 PM . Students will learn to knit a nice pair of warm winter socks using about ease, short rows, shaping, and Kitchener stitch. Students should already be familiar with casting on, binding off, and the basics of knit and purl. Students should bring with them 300 yards of worsted weight yarn and a pair of size 4 double-pointed needles. Patterns will be provided by the instructor. Only the first ten registrants will be accepted, so anyone interested should sign up before space runs out! You can register at Eventbrite.com . The fee is $31.74. For your convenience, PayPal is accepted.
On Saturday, October 24 there will be a Halloween potluck dinner and costume party, free and open to the public. Makers and guests of all ages are welcome.
Get ready for a spooky scavenger hunt! Bring a pumpkin to decorate!
Doors open at 5:30 and dinner begins at 6:00 and we will party on until the witching hour! (Okay, maybe closer to 9pm).
We hope you will join us for what is sure to be a howling great time!!!
The Hippie Pandas of The Girl Scouts of Western New York made a visit to the Rochester Makerspace this past Thursday. These ladies took apart old recycled materials, and learned how to solder. We all had a lot of fun! Thank you for visiting our community space!
Contact the Rochester Makerspace at 585-467-5565 if you are interested in scheduling a group event on a Thursday night!
We try to organize at least a couple of work sessions every month to clean, organize, fix tools and make improvements to the Rochester Makerspace. Here are some of the folks who came on Tuesday, October 6th to help us get for a couple of big events.
We want to thank these volunteers (including the one taking the picture) for helping at last night’s “First Tuesday” work session. They worked hard to make certain the Makerspace is ready for the talk that well known artists Larry Moss and Kelly Cheatle will be giving at the Makerspace this Saturday night (10/10) at 7 PM. It is free and open to the public and they will be talking about “Making Art and Community from Thin Air“.
The Makerspace tries to have one or two of these work sessions every month to keep our facility clean, to work on tool maintenance and to make improvements. The hard work of our members and volunteers is one of the reasons why we only charge $40 a month for a membership and why we can provide a lot of free programs and activities to our community.
Local artists Larry Moss and Kelly Cheatle will talk on Saturday, October 10th at 7 PM, at the Rochester Makerspace, about how Making has the power to build, unite, and transform communities.
They will share tales of their adventures in making with communities around the world, talk about their upcoming project in Rochester, and share insights that might help other makers, from concept creation, to managing teams, to crowdfunding. If you are a maker or have wondered what the whole maker movement is about, join us for a fun talk and follow-up discussion.
Larry and Kelly are the owners of Airigami and they make amazing balloon sculptures and installations that are often incredibly large and ambitious. One example is the five story tall Jack in the Beanstalk (video) that was built in Rochester’s Sibley Tower. Another is Elastic Park Acrocanthosaurus that was made for The Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville, VA.
This talk is free and open to the public, like most of the events at the Rochester Makerspace.
Did you know that the Rochester Makerspace has a large stained glass studio with enough hand tools, grinders and workspace for probably at least six people to work at once? Did you know that we also offer free stained glass lessons almost every Thursday night from 7 to 9 PM during our weekly Community Night?
Our instructor, Nancy Topolski, is one of the area’s few active stained glass teachers. She’s a very talented artist who works in many other mediums.
Jenn, often with the help of Laura and others, usually leads some kind of interesting art activity every Thursday night that both kids and adults can do. Last week she brought in a bunch of “stuff” and the photo above shows what one of the kids made.
You’re welcome to join her or bring your own project to work on at our free weekly Community Night on Thursdays from 6 to 9 PM.
You may have seen the 40 watt laser cutter and engraver we acquired a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, it’s not operational yet. The laser tube doesn’t fire and we think the high voltage power supply is bad. The seller gave us our money back and told us we can keep it. We will fix it if it can be done at a reasonable cost or order another one soon.
The laser cutter was a bit of a gamble, but one we thought was worth taking because it only cost about $500. Many others who have bought bought these inexpensive machines say they work great once you fix all the problems they usually come with because of poor quality control. It’s capable of cutting or engraving wood, acrylic plastic, fabric, leather and many other materials. Its approximately 8 x 12 inch cutting / engraving area is smaller than more expensive machines but it’s big enough for many uses and projects.
We were able to buy it because the generosity of Leif Hardison, a strong supporter of the makerspace, who has been donating $50 per month to us for awhile. Leif wanted his donations to be used to buy on a laser cutter if possible.
We also want to thank Bob Walton, Leo Farnand and the others who have been working very hard to get the laser cutter working and to write some instructions on how to use it.
The laser cutter is potentially dangerous and it can be damaged or destroyed if it is used improperly. So you will need to get some training before you can use it. The laser tube also wears out so we may charge a small fee to use it to help pay for its replacement and other maintenance costs.